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Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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BBP and Obesity?

An interesting article on how our environment can epigenetically influence our physiology – in this case fat stores in the unborn. Benzyl butylphthalate or BBP is a chemical used in food preparation equipment and can leach into the foods prepared nearby. It is banned by the EU but is not so restricted in the U.S. To learn more about epigenetics, click HERE.

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The Dietary Guidelines: What They Should Have Said

A sustainable approach similar to that of the Dietary Guidelines (DG) original advisory panel recommendations, before it became altered by the food industry and the government should be defined.  If we are successful in improving our food culture for better health and the environment, this approach has to become a reality.  The info-graph says it all at a glance. This past year  91 congressmen and senators who voiced criticism of the DG advisory panel recommendations received over $3 million dollars of donations from the food-related industry.

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Common Sense about the Dietary Guidelines

Since it is still Dietary Guidelines week, a final word from Michael Pollan on how we should use or not use them.  There is lots of common sense and a basic reality on how they are formed in the U.S. However, Brazil has the best!!!  Check them out on a previous post HERE.

There is also a link in the article about Brazil’s Guidelines.

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Welcome: 2015 – 16 Dietary Guidelines?

Public domain photograph of various meats. (Be...

Public domain photograph of various meats. (Beef, pork, chicken.) Source: http://visualsonline.cancer.gov/details.cfm?imageid=2402 (via http://geekphilosopher.com/bkg/foodMeat.htm) Public domain declaration: http://visualsonline.cancer.gov/about.cfm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, they’re finally here!!!  After much discussion, lobbying and criticism, here what is left!  Sustainability and decreased red and processed meats consumption were omitted.  And the rest – just about the same as in 2010 Guidelines.  I think they could have been stronger and more specific, but the Guidelines Advisory Committee suggestions based on science apparently succumbed to pressure from the  government and the food industry.

One thought: There is an interesting graph in the article that clearly shows the meat intake in young (starting at about 14 years) and middle-aged men far exceeds the recommended range. With women, all is within the ranges.  Could there be a lesson there?

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For guidelines around the world, CLICK HERE.

 


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2016 Food Trends?

English: Traditional Taiwanese cuisine: Bamboo...

English: Traditional Taiwanese cuisine: Bamboo filled with rice, vegetables and meat. Deutsch: Traditionelles taiwanesisches Gericht: Mit Reis, Gemüse und Fleisch gefüllter Bambus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These food trends not only feature healthier foods but give us more unique ways to prepare them. Please check them out on Pinterest.  Happy 2016 to all.

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